Schebesta, Paul, 1887-1967. The Negritos of Asia; vol. 2, ethnography of the Negritos: half-vol. 1, economy and sociology

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Part I. The Economy Of The Negritos


Chapter I. Dwelling And Settlement

A. Among The Semang

1. Housing

2. House Furnishings

3. The Settlement

Chapter Ii. Clothing And Adornment

B. Among The Semang

1. Women's Clothing

A) Fringed Apron And Belt-string Of Rhizomorphs

B) Aprons Made From Other Plant Materials

2. Men's Clothing

3. Ornaments

Chapter Iii. Food /section A, Pp. 52–53 Is Untranslated./

B. Among The Semang

1. Plant Food

2. Honey

3. Animal Food

Chapter Iv. Obtaining Food And Preparing It /section A, Pp. 62–89, Is Omitted/

B. Among The Semang

1. Obtaining Food

A) Plant Food

Α) The Cultivation Of Clearings

Β) Gathering Plant Food

B) Capturing Animals

1a) Traps, Snares

1b) Hunting

Α) Bow And Arrow

Β) The Blowgun

Γ) The Sumpitan Arrow

Δ) Sumpitan Quiver

∊) Arrow Poisons

Ζ) The Spear; Other Weapons

Η) The Dog

C) Fishing

D) Foraging For Honey And Luxuries

2. Food Preparation

A) Firemaking

B) Cooking And Eating

Chapter V. Other Economic Activities

1. The Smith's Trade

2. Basketwork

3. Navigation

4. Symbiosis And Trade

5. Summary

6. Nomadism, Cultural Poverty

Chapter Vi. Protection And Enhancement Of Life

I. Protection Of Life

A) Warding Off Predatory Animals

B) Medicine /section A, Pp. 166–169, Is Untranslated./

B. Among The Semang

Ii. Pleasures And Enjoyment Of Life

C. Among The Semang

1. Children's Games

2. Entertainment Among Adults

3. Musical Instruments

Iii. Summary

Part Ii. The Sociology Of The Negrito

Chapter I. Basic Features Of The Andamanese And Senoi Social Organization

B. Senoi

1. Social Organization

2. Marriage And Birth Customs

Chapter Ii. Sociology Of The Semang

1. The Tribe

2. The Local Group (large Family, Kin Group)

3. Kin-group Leadership

4. Property Rights

A) Communal Property And Use Rights

B) Private Property

C) Summary

Chapter Iii. Marriage And Family Among The Semang

1. Individual Family

2. Marriage

3. Wedding

4. Impediments To Marriage

5. Avoidance Customs

6. Love Medicines

7. Divorce

8. Adultery

9. Monogamy, Polygamy, Polyandry

10. Summary

Chapter Iv. The Child

1. Introduction

2. Conception And The Belief In The Soul-bird

3. Pregnancy

4. Birth Customs

5. Name-giving

6. Child Rearing

Chapter V. Social Behavior And Individual Characteristics

1. Behavior

2. Individual Characteristics

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Title: The Negritos of Asia; vol. 2, ethnography of the Negritos: half-vol. 1, economy and sociology

Published By: Wien-Mödling: St. -Gabriel-Verlag, 1954. HRAF ms: vii, 351 p. [original: xiv, 340]

By line: Paul Schebesta

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Semang (AN07)

Subjects: Identification (101); Field data (117); Cultural participation (184); Collecting (222); Mats and basketry (285); Woodworking (322); Architecture (341); Dwellings (342); Furniture (352); Building interiors and arrangement (353); External trade (439); Division of labor by gender (462); Residence (591); Nuclear family (594); Extended families (596); Kin relationships (602);

Abstract: This monograph, which is the first of two half-volumes on the ethnography of the Negritos of Asia, deals with the economy and sociology of the Andamanese Negritos, Semang, Sakai (Senoi )and Aeta groups. Only the material on the Semang and the Sakai or Senoi has been translated, and of that only the data relevant to the Semang has been indexed for OCM (Outline of Cultural Materials)subjects. Material on economy includes: housing, clothing and adornment, the food quest and food preparation, trade, medicine and leisure time activities. In discussing sociology Schebesta presents his complete material for the first time. This covers social organization, property rights, marriage and child rearing. A chapter describing his informants presents interesting life history materials. The material presented in this source is the result of two years field work during the periods 1924-1925 and 1938-1939. Information is given about the following Semang groups: Jahay, Kenta'-Bog'n, Kensiu, Lanoh, Menri', Batek, Sabub'n, Mos, Jedek, Karei, Tonga and Hami. An index of native terms appears at the end of the second half-volume (Schebesta, 1957, no. 2).

Document Number: 1

Document ID: an07-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English translation from German

Note: Translation of: [Die Negrito Asiens; II. Band, Ethnographie der Negrito; 1. Halbband, Wirtschaft und Soziologie]. Translated from the German for Human Relations Area Files by Frieda Schütze ca. 1963.

Field Date: 1938-1939

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Joan Steffens ; 1963, Teferi Abate Adem ; 2006

Coverage Date: 1924-1939

Coverage Place: Malaysia

LCSH: Batek (Malaysian people)/Semang (Malaysian people)


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